25 Free Slideshow Plugins for WordPress – Best of

A slideshow, also known as a slider or a carousel, is a brilliant method to stack and display a series of items (usually images) in a website, particularly where space is a constraint. It is also commonly used by webmasters and bloggers to showcase portfolios, artwork, products, latest posts, etc. It saves time and efficiently draws a visitor’s attention.

In WordPress, installing and adding slideshows to posts can be done in a breeze, thanks to the fine work of developers in the WordPress community. We’ve ran through all the WordPress slideshow plugins we can possibly find and compiled them this list of best 25 free WordPress slideshow plugins.

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Top 15 Sliders For WordPress

Sangar Slider

Sangar is a powerful slider plugin for WordPress that lets you upload media easily, then drag and drop the images into the order that you like. Each slide can be customized through the Custom CSS option, and the plugin has an abundance of custom hooks and filters that let developers customize the slider at code level. [Demo]

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Meta Slider

This slider comes with several libraries including Flexslider, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides, and Coin Slider. It is also user friendly. As we create a slider, we can see the slider in action immediately. Each slider is configurable: we can crop the images, adjust their position, as well as set the transition speed for the slides. [Demo]

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Meteor Slides

Meteor Slides inherits over 20 transitions from jQuery Cycles, so you can personalize each slider. You can add the slider using template tags, shortcodes or widgets via a very minimal interface. This plugin has been translated into many languages including Persian, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese. [Demo]

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Nemus Slider

With this plugin you can display both images and videos in the slider, adding captions as well as align it any corner in the slide. You can also pull images from Flickr, Dribble and 500px. On top of that it also exposes Filters and Actions for developer to hack the slider. [Demo]

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Easing Slider

Easing Slider is a thoughtful plugin. First, it uses CSS3 Transition which enables fast and buttery smooth transition between the slides. It integrates with WordPress’s built-in Customizer, so we can see the settings immediately through the Preview pane. The plugin also comes with Hooks, Actions, and even JavaScript events, giving developers more.

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Neat Slider

A neat plugin, it comes with all the necessities of a slider. It is responsive, uses CSS3 Transition for fast performance, yet, it also has great compatibility across different browsers, is customizable and free. Though using the plugin should be intuitive, a comprehensive documentation is available for users to learn how to use it. [Demo]

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Crelly Slider

Another good WordPress slider plugin with browser compatibility stretching way back to IE8. The plugin comes with a great deal of options that enable us to customize the slide in detail such as slide transition, position, color, images, the slide control and etc. [Demo]

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X-Slider

X-Slider takes a different approach from the previously mentioned plugins. Rather than creating another post type, slides are added through the already familiar Post interface. It keeps things neat and will prevent redundant entries. A shortcode is available to allow you to embed the slide as easy as using copy and paste.

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Captain Slider

Aside from images, this plugin also supports videos be it self-hosted or from Youtube, Vimeo or VideoPress. It also features a user-friendly drag-and-drop WordPress native interface to sort the slides. You can also use a shortcode, [slider], to embed the slide within the post content, as well as a template tag to integrate the slider into your theme.

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Soliloquy Lite

This plugin runs a smart slider, loading the CSS and JS only when the slide is displayed within the post. Your posts and pages will load faster with this plugin compared to the other plugins mentioned here. The slider is responsive, touch-enabled, and built with SEO in mind. [Demo]

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SlideWizard

This plugin lets you connect with numerous image and video sources, including Dribbble, Instagram, 500px, Flickr, and Twitter and include the obtained media into your slider. You can also even show your own posts as well as other blog posts via RSS Feed as a slider.

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Cyclone Slider 2

Cyclone Slider 2 comes with the essentials to run a functional image or video slider on your website. It supports RTL direction: the slider will slide from right to left. It is also works well together with qTranslate, making it a great plugin to use in a multilingual website. [Demo]

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Slider CC

The Slider CC plugin comes with template and color variations to display the image slider. You can choose between CSS Animation, jQuery Animation, and or vanilla JavaScript as the transition engine. [Demo]

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HG Slider

This plugin utilizes the Flexslider library to power up the slider. The slider supports touch gestures to navigate the slider, infinite cycle, and you can opt for CSS Transition for better performance. It comes with shortcodes and template tags with an array of configurable arguments to customize the slider output.

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Slideshow Gallery

This plugin comes with a shortcode to add a slider. Shortcodes can be easily generated through the extra TinyMCE button in the post and the page editor. The slider also features a Lightbox so that users can zoom-in the images in the slider. [Demo]

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Here’s another 10 more …

Nivo Slider (Lite) – The plugin is based on one of the most popular JavaScript library for image sliders. The plugin is user friendly and well-integrated with the WordPress native functionality. The plugin utilizes the WordPress media manager to insert, reorder, and add caption to the image, the same way as adding a WordPress image gallery.

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Amazing Carousel – The plugin features CSS3 3D Transforms that gives an awe factor to the slider. It is lightweight, fast, and responsive, a simply amazing slider. [Demo]

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Easy Responsive Slider – This plugin is plain straightforward. With this plugin we add the slider with a set of shortcodes in similar way as we structure HTML.

Horizontal Cover – With this plugin you can add a Carousel; a slider with 2 or more slides to show at a single frame. It is responsive, touch gesture enabled with sufficient options for customization.

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Slidy – Slidy is built on top of Slick.js, one of my favorite jQuery plugins. You can add the slider and configure a lot of things out of the slider such as the number of slides to show per frame, the transition speed, enabling or disabling the touch gesture, and many more.

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WooCommerce Category Slider – The plugin works out-of-the-box, turning your WooCommerce product categories into a slider. The appearance of the slider can be configured in the editor.

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Slidr – This slider is responsive, works well accross different browsers, and you can also embed multiple carousels in a single page or a few pages through a shortcode. [Demo]

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Image Rotator Widget – This plugin builds the slide as a WordPress widget. It utilizes the WordPress native media manager, so you are still able to insert images easily within the post editor. [Demo]

Flickr Slideshow – A slider plugin that is built specifically to pull images from Flickr and turn them into a slider. In a nutshell, it is a great plugin of choice for a avid Flickr users.

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Bootstrap Carousel – Like previous plugins, this one exposes a simple shortcode tag to insert a slider into your posts or pages. It’s great for themes that are Bootstrap-based.

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